Conservation Archives - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

Stream bed manipulation at Bennett Spring

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 in Conservation, Nature, Uncategorized, No Comments

MDC is manipulating the stream bottom to improve habitat/fishing.   There is a hole just where the main hatchery outflow stream enters the spring creek, some anglers call this the “Gut Hole”.  It’s about 15′ in diameter and probably 10′ deep.  It’s almost like looking into the spring itself.  Lots of fish holding and feeding […]

Catch and keep ends – catch and release starts

By Bob Randall on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 in Conservation, Fishing Wisdom, No Comments

This is just a reminder about the change from catch and keep to catch and release at the state trout parks:  the catch and keep regulations at Bennett Spring, Roaring River, Montauk State Parks, and Maramec Spring Park run until October 31.  No fishing is allowed at those parks from November 1 through November 9.  Catch and […]

Proposed limits to the authority of the MDC

By Bob Randall on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 in Conservation, No Comments

From the Missouri House of Representatives website: “HJR 25 — MISSOURI CONSERVATION COMMISSION SPONSOR: Ross Upon voter approval, this resolution would amend the Constitution to repeal the Conservation Commission’s authority to acquire land. This bill is the same as HJR 103 (2016).” Keep up with this bill here: or the Conservation Federation of Missouri’s […]

HB 181 Affects enforcement of littering on waterways.

By Bob Randall on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 in Conservation, No Comments

It’s easy to ignore what’s going on in Jefferson City and Washington DC (I guess that’s not necessarily true considering the hijinks, dealing, and tweets). However, let’s focus on some items that may affect our fishing and conservation values. This morning, long time MTFA member Ralph Eichholz posted a compilation of legislation but removed it […]

01/07/2017 MDC Nature Center fly tying classes

By Bob Randall on Friday, January 13th, 2017 in Conservation, Flies, Social Events, No Comments

Our MTFA member and MDC Naturalist Sam Stewart held two fly tying classes on Saturday, 1/7/2017. The morning class was for teens; the afternoon class was for families. Members of our club assisted teaching the participants. Sam started off with a little history and background about fly fishing. Our first fly was a white thread […]

01/04/2017 Legislative mischief

By Bob Randall on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 in Conservation, No Comments

It’s busy at the State Capitol. I checked the Conservation Federation of Missouri’s Legislative site but they haven’t posted about this year’s mischief yet. I scanned through the list of the House bills and found a few. They’re just getting started so several bills are repetitive. I’m sure they will be melded together in some […]

11/09/2016 Trout vote

By Bob Randall on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 in Conservation, Fishing Wisdom, No Comments

I have a couple of college degrees in biology. It doesn’t make me smart but it has made me think. I once said to the professor who called himself “Mr. Bird and Mammal of the Pacific Northwest” (Earl Larrison at the U of Idaho) while observing a couple of owl chicks in a nest that […]

10/07/2016, Veto Clean Water

By Bob Randall on Friday, October 7th, 2016 in Conservation, No Comments

You are probably aware that the Missouri legislature over-road several of Governor Nixon’s recent vetoes. Of interest to fishermen may be the law that changed the makeup of the state’s Clean Water Commission which helps set and enforce water quality standards aimed at preventing pollution. House Bill 1713 originally dealt with lagoon-based waste water systems […]